breakfast Definition

the first meal of the day, usually eaten in the morning.

Using breakfast: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "breakfast" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I always have a cup of coffee with my breakfast.

  • Example

    What did you have for breakfast this morning?

  • Example

    I skipped breakfast today because I was running late.

breakfast Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for breakfast

  • morning meal
  • first meal
  • meal of the day

Phrases with breakfast

  • a light breakfast consisting of bread, croissants, and pastries, often served with coffee or tea


    The hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast to all guests.

  • a substantial breakfast that includes eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, and other items


    I ordered a full breakfast at the diner, which came with pancakes, hash browns, and a side of fruit.

  • grab-and-go breakfast

    a quick and easy breakfast option that can be eaten on the go, such as a granola bar or yogurt


    I usually have a grab-and-go breakfast on weekdays because I don't have time to sit down and eat.

Origins of breakfast

from Middle English 'brekfast', meaning 'to break the fast'


Summary: breakfast in Brief

The term 'breakfast' [ˈbrekfəst] refers to the first meal of the day, typically eaten in the morning. It can range from a light continental breakfast to a full breakfast with eggs, bacon, and sausage. There are also grab-and-go breakfast options for those in a hurry.

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